Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
A central report was held marking the 52nd anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il) first day working at the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee was held at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang on June 18 (Saturday).
Attending the meeting from the platform were WPK Political Bureau Presidium (standing committee) Members Kim Yong Nam (President of the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium), Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department), Pak Pong Ju (DPRK Premier) and Choe Ryong Hae (WPK Vice Chairman and Chairman of the State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission); WPK Political Bureau Members Kim Ki Nam (WPK Vice Chairman and Director of the WPK Propaganda and Agitation [publicity and information] Department), Choe T’ae Bok (WPK Vice Chairman and SPA Chairman), Ri Su Yong (WPK Vice Chairman and Director of the WPK International Affairs Department), Kim Yong Chol (WPK Vice Chairman and Director of the WPK United Front Department), Kwak Pom Gi (WPK Vice Chairman and Director of the WPK Planning and Finance Department), Ri Man Gon (WPK Vice Chairman and Director of the WPK Munitions [machine-building] Industry Department), Kim P’yo’ng-hae (WPK Vice Chairman and Director of the WPK Cadres’ Affairs Department), O Su Yong (WPK Vice Chairman and Director of the WPK Economic Affairs Department), Yang Hyong Sop (Vice President of the SPA Presidium), Ro Tu Chol (DPRK Vice Premier and State Planning Commission), General Pak Yong Sik (Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Vice Marshal Ri Myong Su (Chief of the KPA General Staff), General Kim Won Hong (Minister of State Security), General Choe Pu Il (Minister of People’s Security); WPK Political Bureau Alternate (candidate) Members Colonel-General No Kwang Chol, Jo Yong Jun (Senior Deputy Director of the WPK Organization Guidance [organizational leadership] Department), Ri Yong Ho (Foreign Minister), Kim Su Gil (Chairman of the Pyongyang City WPK Committee) and Ri Pyong Chol (Senior Deputy Director of the Organization Guidance Department and Member of the National Defense Commission). Also among those attending on the platform were Colonel-General So Hong Chan, Lieutenant-General Ryom Chol Song (head of the KPA General Propaganda Department), Lieutenant-General Kim Jong Gwan (Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Colonel-General Yun Tong Hyon (Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), General Yun Jong Rin (Director of the Guard Command), General Kim Song Dok (Political Director of the Guard Command), Kim Yong Dae (Chairman of the Korea Social Democratic Party Central Committee), Jon Yong Nam (1st Secretary of the Kim Il Sung Youth League Central Committee), Ri Myong Gil (1st Secretary of the United Agricultural Workers of Korea Central Committee) and Kim Jong Sun (1st Secretary of the Korean Democratic Women’s Union).
Also in attendance were senior officials and chief functionaries of the WPK, the DPRK Government, the KPA and Korean People’s Internal Security Forces [KPISF], various workers’ and social organizations, national institutions, agricultural and industrial enterprises and entities, various titled and merited workers and DPRK citizens, Pyongyang citizens and foreigners residing or staying in the DPRK.
The meeting was presided over by Choe T’ae Bok and the report was read out by Choe Ryong Hae. According to KCNA, Choe said:
Kim Jong Il‘s start of work at the WPK Central Committee more than fifty years ago was a national event which marked the new milestone in the development of the destiny of the country and the nation.
The whole course in which Kim Jong Il led the WPK is shining with the immortal feats he performed for building the WPK into the party of the leader and revolutionary party of Chuch’e with his original party building idea and theory and outstanding leadership.
He creditably realized the historic cause for developing the WPK into an ideologically pure entity and an integral organization loyal to the idea and guidance of the leader, and the party with rosy prospect that carries forward the idea and guidance of the leader generation after generation.
He turned the WPK into the veteran and tested general staff of the revolution which leads the revolution and construction to victory by the Chuch’e-oriented leadership method.
He led the revolution and construction, regarding it as the iron rule in party building and activities to solve all problems by firmly believing in and relying on the people, the driving force of revolution.
In the protracted course of leading the WPK he brought up the Korean people to be the dignified independent people, powerful driving force of revolution.
Considering it as the most important task of the party work to awaken the masses to consciousness and organize them and rally them close around the party and the leader, he always made sure that primary efforts was paid to it.
Under the banner of So’ngun (military-first) he consolidated national defense capabilities as firm as a rock with the People’s Army as the core force and provided a powerful military foundation for reliably defending the dignity and sovereignty of the country and the gains of the revolution.
He firmly ensured the party’s leadership over the socialist construction and gave fuller play to the advantages of Korean-style socialism in which the people’s independent demand and ideal are translated into a reality.
The glorious history covered by the WPK under his leadership and undying exploits and rich experience gained in this course will shine forever as the encyclopedic textbook of building the revolutionary party in our era and a valuable asset guaranteeing the victorious advance of the revolution and the victory of the popular masses’ cause of independence.
The feats he performed in the Chuch’e-oriented party building are being successfully carried forward and developed by supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
The WPK making the all-out drive for final victory toward the new landmark in accomplishing the cause of the Chuch’e revolution set forth at its 7th Congress under the uplifted banner of the great Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is sure to win victory and glory under the outstanding and tested leadership of Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) in the future, too.
Report meetings were also held in provincial cities along with cultural events such as concerts and dancing parties in Pyongyang and provincial cities to mark KJI’s first day of work at the Party Central Committee.
On June 19 (Sunday), senior WPK and DPRK Government officials visited the Kim Il Sung University Revolutionary Museum to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of KJI’s first day at the WPK Central Committee. Among the central leadership in attendance were Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju, Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Ki Nam, Choe T’ae Bok, Ri Su Yong, Kwak Pom Gi, Ro Tu Chol, Yang Hyong Sop, Kim P’yo’ng-hae, O Su Yong, Kim Yong Chol, Ri Man Gon, and others.
The members of the DPRK central leadership placed floral bouquets in front of the KJI statue on campus then toured the revolutionary museum which, according to KCNA, “comprehensively deals with the historical materials the peerlessly great persons of Mt. Paektu who glorified the university as a reliable center for training native cadres and the highest seat of the Chuch’e-oriented education while leaving sacred footprints in the university during the whole period of their revolutionary leadership.”